Everything you need to host the ultimate dinner party

1 mins
15 Jul 2022
Everything you need to host the ultimate dinner party

But don’t blame us if your pals never want to leave your house…

image Clueless

words Eve Walker

Everyone’s favourite friend is the friend who’s love language is food. Even better, is the friend who lives for hosting too. With the right preparation, you can be this top-tier pal; the host with the most; the group’s very own Monica from Friends; a Blair Waldorf among Gossip Girls.

To ensure a smooth and sumptuous night of feasting, you’ll want to have your table decor nicely set up for your guests’ arrival. Not only will this keep you from running around like a headless chicken trying to set up the table around your guests, but it sets a calming tone for the night. Think hygge – the Danish word for feelings of cosiness, comfortability and wellness while enjoying good conversation with good people.

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From linen napkins to colourful water jugs, here’s all the best bits to become the super host you always wanted to be.

CRAFTSMANSHIP CAPSULE

 + LOW Set of Four Marble-Effect Recycled Plastic Coasters

+ LOW Set of Four Marble-Effect Recycled Plastic Coasters

Space Available
£ 35.00

Digital bottle shop LOW has collaborated up with creative platform Space Available to create these gorgeous coasters to protect your table and liven up your spread. Made from recycled household plastic, these marble-effect coasters are all artisanally made – each is one of a kind. This product belongs to the Small World collection, part of MR PORTER’S global edit of brands that celebrate people. Every piece adheres to the Craftsmanship Code.

ITALIAN SUMMER

Set of Two 18cm Glass Fruit Plates

Set of Two 18cm Glass Fruit Plates

Luisa Beccaria Plates
£ 80.00

These gorgeous glass fruit plates allow sunlight to pour through them, throwing pretty patterns onto your table as they reflect rays of light with their smooth ridges. Crafted in Italy, these will make you feel like you’re in a warm Sicilian dining room, serving fresh fruit from the garden even if you’re in a small flat share in London with produce from Aldi.

BEACHY VIBES

Palm Tree Ceramic Candle Holder

Palm Tree Ceramic Candle Holder

Laetitia Rouget
£ 160.00

If you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach to you with this palm tree candle holder. If you prefer kitsch designs over traditional tableware, look no further. Fun, colourful, and super cute, this is a welcome addition to any table to add a splash of playfulness with romantic candlelight.

SUPPORT A SMALL BUSINESS

Placemats

Placemats

Fabric SG
£ 22.97

This set of two placemats are made from 100% cotton and finished with gorgeous scalloped edges, a folded hem and top stitching. All their designs are crafted by independent surface designers, who all receive a commission of every sale. Support an independent designer while creating the dining table spread of your dreams.

WATER TO WINE

Wave Contrast Handle Glass Pitcher 1.2L

Wave Contrast Handle Glass Pitcher 1.2L

Sophie Lou Jacobsen
£ 180.00

This quirky jug is sure to make water taste even better than wine. Or, of course, you could fill it with wine… French-American designer Sophie Lou Jacobsen is on a mission to bring beauty to the seemingly mundane objects. Who says functionality has to equal boring? The wavy handle and tinted glass make this a real gem – oh, and it’s dishwasher safe! 

OKAY I LIKE IT, PICASSO

Strøm Large Earthenware Bowl

Strøm Large Earthenware Bowl

RAWWII
£ 65.00

Danish artist Nicholai Wiig-Hansen designed these beauties. Inspired by 20th century Cubism, these geometric earthenware bowls are handmade, and look like something straight out of a Picasso painting. These are good as a fruit bowl or just as a sculpture to make any space more interesting.

TWIST AND SHOUT

Twist Candles Set of Six

Twist Candles Set of Six

HAY
£ 25.00

With a burn time of around five hours, these are good to see you right through a dinner party – and to subtly hint to your guests that it’s time to go home when they burn out. The twisted shape gives a hint of elegance to every table they adorn.

PSYCHEDELIC BABY

 Plastic Recycled Vase

Plastic Recycled Vase

Space Available
£ 146.00

Space Available upcycles what would have been trash into funky furnishings. Woven by hand from recycled plastics, this vase can be filled with equally colourful flowers. Locally made, these are also part of MR PORTER’s global edit of brands celebrating people, ensuring they adhere to principles of their Craftsmanship Code.

GETTING JUGGY WITH IT

Splattered Stoneware Jug

Splattered Stoneware Jug

The Conran Shop
£ 85.00

This jug is ideal for brightening up your home. Hand-splattered with blue and yellow, crafted out of durable stoneware in Italy, this will make you want to keep hydrated. As is the nature of handmade items, each is one of a kind and so will slightly differ from the picture.

REUSABLE AND AFFORDABLE

Linen Napkins

Linen Napkins

Santoshhandloom
£ 5.21

At just £5.21 for two napkins, with the option to buy more and save while you do, these give a shabby chic look to any table. Made from 100% stonewashed organic cotton, pick one of the many gorgeous colours available. From sage green to rust brown to teal blue, there’s a colour for everyone’s palette.

All products are selected independently by our editors. If you purchase anything through this article, Woo may earn an affiliate commission.

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